European Tour

SA trio squeeze their way into Turkish Open

2016-11-01 13:02
George Coetzee (Getty Images)

Cape Town - South African trio George Coetzee, Justin Walters and Darren Fichardt make their way into the Turkish Open as cover for the late withdrawals of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, among others.

Earlier this month, the future of the Turkish Open was thrown into doubt after the European Tour said it was investigating media reports of rocket attacks in Antalya.

There have been multiple security concerns since Turkey has been rocked by deadly bomb attacks in the past 18 months.

The tournament has seen notable golfers withdraw, including South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, 14-time major winner Tiger Woods and England's Chris Wood.

South African compatriot Charl Schwartzel also decided to pull out of the Turkish Open and return home to South Africa to work on his game.

The battle for the Race to Dubai seems to be down to three men - McIlroy, Stenson and Masters champion Danny Willett - and the withdrawals of the former two in Turkey have now opened the door for Willett to stake his claim ahead of the last two events.

Only three of the Top 10 golfers on the Race to Dubai standings will be teeing off at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, namely Willet (2), Tyrrell Hatton (5) and Lee Westwood (10).

Other South Africans participating in the $7m tournament include Richard Sterne, Thomas Aiken, Haydn Porteous, Brandon Stone and Jaco van Zyl.

The Nedbank Challenge in South Africa follows the Turkish Airlines Open, with the European Tour season ending with the DP Tour Championship in Dubai.

The Turkish Open is scheduled to tee off on Thursday.

Race to Dubai rankings:

1.  Henrik Stenson (Sweden) - 3843284

2.  Danny Willett (Britain) - 3581897

3.  Rory McIlroy (Britain) - 2824149

4.  Alexander Noren (Sweden) - 2318604

5.  Tyrrell Hatton (Britain) - 2242985

6.  Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) - 1969107

7.  Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) - 1760893

8.  Chris Wood (Britain) - 1756331

9.  Branden Grace (South Africa) - 1749895

10. Lee Westwood (Britain) - 1655313

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